July 30th, 2010

Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic

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There is nothing like the summer months when supermarkets are filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Local farmers markets have set up shop for the season, offering an abundance of fresh produce. When we shop for produce we have many choices -one of the most difficult being whether to invest our hard earned dollars on fruits and veggies that have been organically grown. While buying organic is always the better option, it is impossible and cost prohibitive to buy everything organic.

So how do we decide which fruits and vegetables to buy organic?

Researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group recommend choosing organic for these 12 fruits and vegetable and dubbed them the “Dirty Dozen”.

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  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes-imported

EWG went a step further and came up with a second list of “Clean 15”. Clean 15 is a list of 15 fruits and vegetables that were the least likely to have pesticides detected on the parts you eat, after typical washing, whether or not they’re certified organic.


  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn

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  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potato
  • Honeydew Melon

Click HERE to sign up to download the iPhone app or print out a PDF version of the lists.

To see a full list of fruits and vegetables click HERE.  The list is constantly changing so be sure to check back often.

Remember if you can buy organic- do it!

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags!

9 Responses to “Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic”

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  2. […] Ultimately, I would hope they would pass the information on to others.” Recommended posts: “Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic” and “Send Your Kids Back to School the Eco-Friendly […]

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  4. […] Buying organic is always the better option. Organic food is free of pesticides and other toxins commonly found in conventional products. It’s not always possible and can be cost prohibitive, but we try to buy organic as much as possible.  It’s also important to remember that organic doesn’t always mean healthy. It’s important to read the ingredients in every product, organic or conventional. […]

  5. […] the most important to buy organic. We can lower our pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables (The Dirty Dozen) and eating the least contaminated produce (Clean […]

  6. […] Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list of 12 fruits and vegetables called the “Dirty Dozen”. For over 10 years EWG has published this annual guide to help people eat healthy and reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce. The Dirty Dozen™ list of produce lists the top 12 conventional fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. It’s a helpful guide when deciding where to spend your hard earned dollars on organic food. […]

  7. Very helpfull, thanks so muck for sharing

  8. […] forget to buy organic when you can. Watermelon is number 32 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen […]

  9. […] of us are already buying organic food and non-toxic personal care products whenever we can. While buying organic is always the […]

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